Truk Lagoon Human Remains (Is Truk Lagoon Ghost Fleet Haunted?)


Truk Lagoon ghost fleet has many human remains found by scuba divers which highlights what happened in 1944

Truk Lagoon Human Remains - Human Skull Wedged Inside The Wreck

You’d be hard pushed not to be moved by seeing the human remains at Truk Lagoon. These human remains form a part of the history for this area, but also pose as a symbol for scuba divers to treat each dive site with respect.

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Truk Lagoon human remains include human skulls, leg bones and rib bones. The human lives lost at Truk Lagoon during Operation Hailstone in 1944 was over 4,500. Three of the Truk or Chuuk Lagoon wrecks where human remains are still to be found include Oike Wreck, Shinkoko Maru wreck and Yamagiri wreck.

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Truk Lagoon ghostly human remains

The first wreck to note, which has some of the Truk Lagoon human remains is Yamagiri wreck. On this wreck, the human remains include human skulls and leg bones.

In the image below, you’ll see the remains of a human skull wedged between metal parts of the ship. One can only be left wondering how this Japanese sailor died.

Truk Lagoon ghostly human remains

Another wreck where you’ll find human remains from the people who died during the attack on Truk Lagoon by the American Forces, is on the Oite Wreck.

There were nearly 700 crew on the Oike when it was sunk by Avenger Torpedo bombers on 18th February 1944. The human remains, as seen in the image below is of just one of these 700 who didn’t survive this attack. In fact, there were only a few survivors out of the crew.

If you believe in ghosts, then you may also begin to wonder whether Truk Lagoon, or what is now known as Chuuk Lagoon since 1990, is haunted.

Do the souls of the Japanese naval fleet walk the depths of Chuuk Lagoon?

How many died during Operation Hailstone at Truk Lagoon?

Oite Wreck - Truk or Chuuk Lagoon - Some Of The Truk Lagoon Human Remains - Bones and a Human Skull

Along with the sinking of 68 Japanese ships, the destruction of some 350 planes, there were over 4,500 Japanese soldiers and naval sailors killed during Operation Hailstone.

This makes Truk Lagoon World War II‘s most haunted undersea graveyard.

Truk Lagoon was where the majority of Japanese naval fleet were stationed. This made it the number one target for US forces to attack.

Operation Hailstone was took place over 36 hours and left the Japanese naval fleet in tatters.

Truk Lagoon Human Remains - Leg Bones and a Rib Bone - Circled

What happened there has created a wreck divers Mecca, as detailed in my article on what happened at Truk Lagoon.

The wrecks are mostly very deep dives and therefore divers require a more advanced level diving experience and diver certification.

The first-time discovery of human remains of Truk Lagoon

The fist time that these human remains were discovered at Truk Lagoon was in 1969. This was when a documentary was made of the ship wrecks there by Jacques Cousteau and Philippe Cousteau.

Philippe Cousteau is shocked when he finds the human remains of many Japanese naval crew in the holds of the last wreck they dive.

To see the amazing footage when he first discovers the skulls and bones of those that perished during Operation Hailstone, please watch the video below.

Video of the first time the Truk Lagoon human remains were found

Please feel free to watch the whole video, but I’ve set it to begin at the section of the video where the human remains are first discovered.

To see the location of the wrecks of Truk Lagoon on a map, please follow this link to: Truk Lagoon wreck map.

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2 thoughts on “Truk Lagoon Human Remains (Is Truk Lagoon Ghost Fleet Haunted?)

  1. I have been to Okinawa,Midway and Guam so far and no matter what whenever there are remains from either side they deserve the utmost respect.My Father fought in many Pacific battles on the USS Yorktown and when he found out that I would be traveling to some of these places with the USAF I was told to have respect.Before I went to Okinawa my Fathers main memory was that it had been a smoking rock when he had last seen it and even on Karen’s AB there were still booby trapped caves with human remains in them

    1. Hello Jeff, thank you for your comment and insights into your Dad’s experiences in the war. Absolutely total respect no matter who it is and what happened.

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